Discussion in 'HO Freight Equipment General' started by meteor910, Sep 26, 2013.
Sherrel, note that we were not in the top 25 freight car owners, not railroads.
Agree with Keith's point, but I'll bet the SLSF was not in the list of top 25 railroads either. Number 25 (of the owners) was the Rock Island, a significantly bigger road than the Frisco. BTW, the MoP was also bigger, and MP was somewhere just ahead of the RI in the list.
Just a SWAG, but I'd guess the Frisco was somewhere around 30th-35th. Kind of like some of the Missouri Valley basketball schools - a really good "mid-major" that the big-boys usually refuse to play.
Size does not necessarily correlate with quality. The good old Frisco had more class than most in that top-25 list.
Interesting thread and interesting data, Ken and all. I think that Tony Thompson's "Modeling the SP" blog has several posts on building a plausible fleet of freight cars. There is also a blog out there on Modeling the CNW c. 1957 that has oodles of similar information.
Ken, thanks for bringing up this topic of the PRR cars. I have an X32d and an X43e but no X29s. I just won one of the Red Caboose off ebay today. There were five up and I bid on one of them. None of the cars I was watching went over $30.00 plus shipping. Maybe the bidding cost of these cars is coming down which will make them more affordable for anyone wanting one.
Does anyone here like the PRR X42 "stretch" express car? Sort of looks like a kitbash of one and a half 40' boxcars with two doors per side (60' total length). BTW don't refer to it as an "X-42" (with a dash between the X and the numbers), I was duly scolded on the "Pennsylvania Railroad Historical and (VERY) Technical Society" website for that faux pas.
I'll echo what Tom noted about the PRRH&TS - these PRR'ers take their details of the "Standard Railroad of the World" very seriously! It's a good group though - great detail in their publication "The Keystone" (lots of steam, BTW), and their excellent e-zine, "The Keystone Modeler" (free, lots of rolling stock features).
Reminds me of the time I referred to an Alco locomotive as an ALCo (American Locomotive Company) on the "D-list". I received a reprimand from a D-List Fuhrer that "Alco" is the proper way to refer to them, as everyone on the D-List knows. My my!
Wow, that's really what I call a "rivet counter" .... I'd laugh if they weren't serious.
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